4 Pakistani soldiers, 4 militants killed in a shooting, according to the army

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A shootout in a northwestern region of Pakistan near the Afghan border on Sunday morning left four dead and four militants, the Pakistani military said.

An army public relations wing statement said the shootout in northern Waziristan took place after military personnel surrounded the militants’ hideout early Sunday.

“As soon as the troops sealed off the area, the terrorists opened fire. All the terrorists unearthed were shot dead by the security forces, “the statement said. “In exchange for fire, four soldiers embraced the shahadat (martyrdom). ”

Activists have not been identified, but the Pakistani military has fought for years against members of the Pakistani Taliban group, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in northern Waziristan.

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The TTP, which has also expressed support for the Islamic State of Afghanistan, declared war on the government of Pakistan over a decade ago. Since then, they have carried out a series of attacks, including a brutal assault on a Pakistani army public school in northwest Peshawar in December 2014, killing 140 children and several teachers.

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Militant groups in Pakistan are often linked to those crossing the border into Afghanistan, so its progress in the fight against terrorism is essential, especially as Washington seeks to move forward with an agreement with the Afghan Taliban. to end the 18 year old war.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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